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Introducing Energised from Intelligence Squared, made in partnership with Iberdrola, where we explore the most pressing issue of our time: the climate crisis. Temperatures are set to rise more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in the next two decades. Scientists say that such an increase would cause irreversible damage to our planet. But is there still hope? If humans are to blame for climate change, then we must also provide the solutions. 
Join us as we bring together experts and policymakers to delve deep into the key issues at the heart of the global drive towards net zero and the innovations that promise to accelerate the energy transition and transform the way we live.
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Introducing Energised from Intelligence Squared, made in partnership with Iberdrola, where we explore the most pressing issue of our time: the climate crisis. Temperatures are set to rise more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in the next two decades. Scientists say that such an increase would cause irreversible damage to our planet. But is there still hope? If humans are to blame for climate change, then we must also provide the solutions. 
Join us as we bring together experts and policymakers to delve deep into the key issues at the heart of the global drive towards net zero and the innovations that promise to accelerate the energy transition and transform the way we live.
For more information head over to Intelligencesquared.com 

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    How Do We Create A Green Jobs Revolution?

    How Do We Create A Green Jobs Revolution?

    Solar panel installers, architects, environmental scientists, recycling coordinators, wind turbine engineers, geologists, project managers, electric vehicle manufacturers – these are just a small subset of the countless jobs connected to the green revolution. For renewable energy to be a sustainable part of our lives, we need to ensure it offers both economic growth and climate security. How do we ensure the social and economic benefits of clean energy are available to all, and not just those at the top of the food chain? How can the public and private sector work together to encourage people to work in the green energy sector? What are the best ways to increase investment in green jobs? And is it possible for us to create an economy in which the health of the planet and the wellbeing of its inhabitants is a priority and profit isn’t the only goal?
    To answer all these questions and more, Intelligence Squared brought together a panel of expert speakers to discuss their plans for creating economic growth and job opportunities within the green economy. ScottishPower Strategic Resourcing Manager Madeline McCreanor will be joined by Sam Alvis, Director of Energy at policy and insights firm Public First, and Shaun Spiers, Executive Director at the environmental think tank Green Alliance in a live panel discussion, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kamal Ahmed. This podcast was produced in partnership with Iberdrola. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Connecting America: The Future of the Grid in the United States

    Connecting America: The Future of the Grid in the United States

    Expanding our global electricity networks is key to unlocking a renewable future, especially in the United States: the world’s largest economy that produces 14 percent of global emissions. 
    The Inflation Reduction Act, signed last August, aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 – America’s largest ever investment to fight climate change. 
    However, one serious obstacle could stymie these ambitions: an outdated and overloaded grid. The impact of insufficient infrastructure across the United States is already showing: queues to connect renewable energy projects to the grid stretch to years, and the number of active large-scale solar and wind projects is decreasing. 
    In this episode, Kamal Ahmed is joined by Pedro Azagra, the CEO of Avangrid, to discuss the specific difficulties facing the grid in the United States, and the upgrades and expansion needed to decarbonise the country’s electricity networks, and facilitate the energy transition. 
    For more information please visit www.avangrid.com

    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be about. Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com. 
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    • 33 min
    Banking on Smart Grids

    Banking on Smart Grids

    Expanding our global electricity networks is key to unlocking a renewable future. But, traditional grids need to adapt too. They don’t just need to be bigger; they need to be smarter and more efficient. 
    Much of the equipment on the electric grid was built decades ago and needs to be upgraded. Our energy infrastructure was designed for a world in which electricity flowed in one direction – from the grid to people. Now, with homes and businesses increasingly supplying energy themselves, we have a grid with two-way flows of electricity, multiple different energy sources that need to be coordinated, and high voltage power from renewable plants, like offshore wind farms. Digital technologies are the key to handling this complexity. 
    But, what do the grids of the future look like in practice? What are the evolving technologies that will enable the grids to be more resilient and robust than they are at present? How can data and digitisation help us to make smarter, more efficient energy decisions? 
    In this episode, our host Kamal Ahmed is joined by Marta Solaz, Head of Grid Operations at Scottish Power Networks; Charles Wood, Deputy Director of Energy UK; and, Rob Gramlich, Founder and President of Grid Strategies LLC for a discussion about innovation in the grid: the progress that has been made – and what more needs to be done. 
    For more information please visit iberdrola.com

    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be about. Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com. 
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    • 45 min
    Rethinking the Grid

    Rethinking the Grid

    Expanding our global electricity networks is the key to unlocking a renewable future. In the US alone, the electric grid will need to expand by at least 60% by 2030 to ensure renewable energy can make its way into our homes and businesses, and the UK’s networks are also in dire need of regeneration. To implement such a project will require seismic policy change, innovative thinking and massive investment. It’s an essential part of the energy transition.
    There are big questions and issues to discuss: how will we fund improved networks? How will the private and public sectors work together to facilitate these changes? How can we change regulations and reduce bureaucracy to increase the speed at which renewable energy sources can be connected to the grid?
    In this episode our host, journalist Kamal Ahmed, is joined by three brilliant guests, including Keith Anderson, CEO of Scottish Power, to give us an insight into the state of networks in the UK, US and Europe, the difficulties we currently face in improving them, and the potential solutions that could be put in place to reduce global carbon emissions whilst still meeting all of society’s energy needs.
    For more information please visit iberdrola.com

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    • 59 min
    Hydrogen: Silver Bullet or Over-Hyped?

    Hydrogen: Silver Bullet or Over-Hyped?

    In recent years, hydrogen has emerged as a promising source of clean energy. Hydrogen, however, is only as green as the energy source used to produce it. Truly carbon-free hydrogen can only be made with renewable electricity, and right now genuinely green hydrogen makes up only a small fraction of overall hydrogen production. So, is hydrogen really the solution to our environmental problems?
    In this conversation the panel explored whether hydrogen really is the freedom fuel that will propel us to net zero. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, the panel featured Hydrogen Director of ScottishPower Barry Carruthers, the Guardian’s Environment Correspondent Fiona Harvey, and Professor Nigel Brandon, Chair in Sustainable Development at Imperial College London. 
    This event, in partnership with Iberdrola, was recorded on March 29 2022, and was produced by Feyi Adegbite with editing by Mark Roberts. 

    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be about. Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Will Electric Vehicles Make Our Roads Green?

    Will Electric Vehicles Make Our Roads Green?

    Emissions from transport account for almost a third of global carbon dioxide emissions – and they’re growing. 
    Enter electric vehicles. Electric cars are far more energy-efficient than cars that run on fossil fuels. But they may not be a cure-all for our environmental problems: emissions from electric vehicle production are higher than emissions produced during the traditional car manufacturing process, and they are only as green as the power used to charge their batteries. 
    In this event our guests explored whether electric vehicles will solve our transport and emissions problems or if they are simply a false start in the journey towards green roads. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, the panel featured Iberdrola’s Head of New Initiatives, Innovation & Sustainability Division Enrique Meroño and award-winning transport expert Christian Wolmar. 
    This event, in partnership with Iberdrola, was recorded on November 16 2021, and was produced by Feyi Adegbite with editing by Mark Roberts. 

    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be about. Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min

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